Ethiopian Rift Valley Nature, people and Culture (Combination of Air and surface)

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Tour Code: OTE-9002

Tour Title: Ethiopian Rift Valley Nature, people and Culture              

Duration:   4 Days and 3 Nights

Tour Title:   (Package One) Exotic Tour to Paradise Lodge Arbaminch

Transportation:  Combination of Air and surface

Tour briefing: This trip takes you to the Ethiopian Rift Valley representing a sudden drop in the altitude and dividing the country into two unequal parts: East and west. There are chains of Ethiopian Rift valley lakes (Ziway, Langano, Abijata -Shala, Awasa, Abaya and Chamo) inhabited by many species of Avifauna and Flora. The drive to these places via Butajira road also takes you to the pre historic site of Melka Kunture and the world Heritage site of Tiya. The journey also gives you the opportunity of meeting local people and appreciates their diverse culture. Nech Sar national park and its two scenic lakes are the highlights of this trip. The park founded in 1974 protects not only Nech Sar (white Grass) but also significant portion of the two lakes and Yegizer Dildiy (God’s bridge).It also protects many species of endemic, semi endemic mammals and birds including the most commonly seen such as Burchele’s Zebra , Grants Gazelle and Swayne’s hartebeest.

Paradise Lodge: is one of the best lodges in the country founded to provide quality accommodation and catering services. Moreover it has superb location commanding the panoramic view of the two popular Rift Valley Lakes of Abaya and Chamo and also Nech Sar National Park. The lodge is eco-friendly and it is one of the best choices for peaceful
retreat and relaxation for domestic and international travelers in the country.

Join us for a journey through one of Africa's least explored country; we (OMO TOURS & CAR RENT) are ready to take you to such fascinatingly diverse areas.

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Day 1: Fly Addis Ababa-Arbaminch
Fly to Arbaminch, before transfer in, drive directly to the highland town of Chencha inhabited by Dorze people. After visiting the Beehive shaped tukuls and traditional cotton weaving of the Dorze people, drive back to Arbaminch and check in to the lodge/Hotel. Have a special camp fire dinner. Overnight Paradise Lodge/Ezana Hotel Arbaminch

Day 2: Arbaminch-Konso - Nech Sar National Park
Drive to visit Konso village where colorfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the land and unusually engraved wooden statues used as grave markers can be seen. After visiting the Konso village and the surrounding landscape, drive back to Arbaminch for lunch and then afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo to explore the lakes and Nechsar National park. Overnight Paradise Lodge /Ezana Hotel Arbaminch

Day 3 Arbaminch -Awasa
Drive to Awasa via Shashemene possibly exploring Senqele Wild life Sanctuary and its  high concentration of the endemic Swayne's hartebeest. The lake side city of Awasa is one of the fast growing and seat for the SPNNR located within the rift valley. The fresh water of the lake supports a rich variety of fish and water birds. Overnight, South Star International/ Haile Resort Awasa.

Day 4 Awasa -Addis Ababa
Morning drive to fish market of Awasa for exploring the lake and the fish market exchange around the shore of the lake and then drive back to Addis Ababa via Shashemene exploring Abijata -Shala Lakes National park  and enroute visit the crater lakes around Bishoftu. Then slow drive to Addis Ababa and end of the tour.

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